What does WHOLE mean?

Definitions for WHOLE
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word WHOLE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whole(noun)

    all of something including all its component elements or parts

    "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"

  2. whole, unit(adj)

    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

    "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"

  3. whole(adj)

    including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete

    "gave his whole attention"; "a whole wardrobe for the tropics"; "the whole hog"; "a whole week"; "the baby cried the whole trip home"; "a whole loaf of bread"

  4. whole(adj)

    (of siblings) having the same parents

    "whole brothers and sisters"

  5. unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, whole(adj)

    not injured

  6. hale, whole(adj)

    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

    "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"

  7. solid, unanimous, whole(adverb)

    acting together as a single undiversified whole

    "a solid voting bloc"

  8. wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole(adverb)

    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

    "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea"

Wiktionary

  1. whole(Noun)

    Something complete, without any parts missing.

    Etymology: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.

  2. whole(Noun)

    An entirety.

    Etymology: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.

  3. whole(Adverb)

    in entirety; entirely; wholly

    I ate a fish whole!

    Etymology: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.

  4. whole(Adjective)

    entire.

    I ate a whole fish.

    Etymology: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.

  5. whole(Adjective)

    sound, uninjured, healthy.

    He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.

    Etymology: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whole(adj)

    containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as, the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation

  2. Whole(adj)

    complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole

  3. Whole(adj)

    possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well

  4. Whole(noun)

    the entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself

  5. Whole(noun)

    a regular combination of parts; a system

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whole

    hōl, adj. sound, as in health (so in B.): unimpaired: containing the total amount, number, &c.: all: not defective: complete: in mining, as yet unworked.—n. the entire thing: a system or combination of parts.—adv. wholly.—adjs. Whole′-col′oured, all of one colour; Whole′-foot′ed (coll.) unreserved; Whole′-heart′ed, -souled, noble: hearty, generous; Whole′-hoofed, having undivided hoof; Whole′-length, giving the whole figure, as a portrait: full-length.—n. a portrait or statue giving the whole figure.—ns. Whole′ness; Whole′sāle, sale of goods by the whole piece or large quantity.—adj. buying and selling in large quantities: extensive.—n. Whole′sāler, one who sells by wholesale.—adjs. Whole′-skinned, having an unbroken skin: unhurt: safe in reputation; Whole′some, healthy: sound: salutary: (Shak.) prosperous.—adv. Whole′somely.—ns. Whole′someness; Whole′-stitch, a lace-making stitch used in filling.—adv. Wholly (hō′li), completely, altogether.—n. Wholth, wholeness, soundness.—Whole number, a unit, or a number composed of units, an integral number.—Upon, On, the whole, generally speaking, to sum up.—With whole skin, safe, unscathed. [A.S. hál, healthy; Ice. heill, Ger. heil. By-form hale (1).]

Editors Contribution

  1. whole

    Having the complete element or facet.

    The whole business is represented at the management meeting and it is so clear teamwork and unity makes the plan work.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHOLE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #447

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHOLE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #377

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHOLE' in Nouns Frequency: #500

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHOLE' in Adjectives Frequency: #47

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How to say WHOLE in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WHOLE in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WHOLE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of WHOLE in a Sentence

  1. Vern Unsworth:

    I was actually scheduled to go into the cave on June 24 anyway, i got all my gear ready, and I was going in to do a solo trip just to see what the water levels were like. And I got called out at 2 o'clock Sunday morning, and I was there for the whole 17 days.

  2. Kaitlin Naughten:

    This means that Antarctic sea ice doesn't respond directly to global warming averaged over the whole planet, but rather to changes in these winds. Climate change is affecting the winds, but so is the ozone hole and short-term cycles like El Nino. The sea ice also responds to the level of ocean mixing, which is affected by meltwater from the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

  3. Aly Wright:

    This whole block is on lockdown.

  4. Donald Trump:

    They can't emotionally come to grips with the fact that this whole thing of Russian collusion didn't happen, (and) they are trying to invent theories of obstruction of justice.

  5. Edith Wharton:

    I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.

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